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Pear and Walnut Galette

Need a simple but impressive dessert to whip up for guests? Try this Pear and Walnut Galette


Galettes are so simple to make, can be filled with just about anything sweet or savory, and are always a crowd pleaser. I love that they can be sliced and eaten with your hands as well - less dishes ;)


The sweeteners used can also be switched up - I chose to use jam on the base then added the spices to honey to drizzle over top but you could switch those around, nix the bottom sweetener, make a crumble with butter, brown sugar and spices for the top, or forgo it all and rely on the sweetness of the fruit, which depending on the fruit can be perfect. However you choose to sweeten it and whatever you put in it, galettes are a great app or dessert to have in your wheelhouse.


The dough is a simple mix of flour, a bit of sugar and salt, and fat. I used chilled coconut oil here but butter works too. You want it chilled so you end up with little pieces of it throughout the dough, rather than evenly mixed in. This makes the crust flakey and delicious. The crust also doesn't have to look perfect to taste amazing so have fun with it!


Ingredients

  • 2 C flour (unbleached all purpose or whole wheat)

  • 1/2 tsp + a pinch salt

  • 1 tbsp sugar (coconut sugar or cane sugar are fine)

  • 1/2 C coconut oil*

  • 4-6 tbsp ice water

  • 2 pears, sliced thinly

  • 1.5 tbsp jam (I used raspberry but anything works, it's the sweetness it adds that's important)

  • 1 tbsp honey

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

  • 1/4 C walnuts, roughly chopped

  • optional: pomegranate seeds to garnish


Directions

  1. if coconut oil needs to be chilled (if it is at all liquidy) stick it in the fridge or freezer while you get the other ingredients ready

  2. preheat oven to 375F

  3. add flour, sugar, and 1/2 tsp salt to food processor and pulse until combined

  4. add coconut oil and pulse until it reaches a crumbly texture

  5. add 1 tbsp of ice water at a time until a dough forms (I added 5 tbsp)

  6. with minimal kneading, form dough into a ball then place on parchment paper, roll with a rolling pin (or something similar, I've used a stainless steel water bottle before) to about 1/4 inch thick then transfer dough + parchment paper to baking sheet

  7. spread the jam over the center

  8. arrange sliced pears however you'd like

  9. in a small dish, mix the honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg together (I added a splash of water to thin it, maybe 1/2-1 tsp) then drizzle over the pears

  10. fold the edges of the dough towards the center (doesn't have to be pretty!)

  11. bake for 45 min, then add the chopped walnuts and bake for another 15 min

  12. garnish with pomegranate seeds if using



Tag me @nutrimsa if you make this or any other variation - I would love to see!


Xx, Kara


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